Dateline October 26, 2015, Lubbock, Texas: In an absolute nail biter, the Lady XC Marauders prevailed at the UIL Region 1 Meet to win their second consecutive Regional Championship.
The race results could not have been tighter. Marcus and Keller’s first five came in tied at 78, with both teams placing two runners in the top 10 and four runners in the top 25. With a tie through the first five scoring runners, the race came down to the cross country 6th runner tie breaker to determine which team would be crowned Regional Champion. Marcus’ 6th and 7th runners came in at numbers 42 and 44, ahead of Keller’s 6th runner who finished 46th. Thanks to a 6th runner margin of a mere 4 points, Marcus won the tie-breaker and the championship, with Keller taking 2nd.
Southlake Carroll came in a close 3rd, just 8 points back, but placed five runners in the top 25. Joining Marcus, Keller and Southlake for a trip to the Texas State Championship is fellow District member Hebron, finishing just 14 points back. Fellow 6-6A member Flower Mound finished 5th, once again showing the incredible strength of Marcus’ home district.
Here’s a breakdown of the scoring:
- Marcus: 78 | 5+10+12+22+29 (42+44) | 1:09 1-5 Split | 18:07 Avg
- Keller: 78 | 3+6+14+16+39 (46+60) | 1:48 1-5 Split | 18:04 Avg
- Southlake Carroll: 86 | 13+15+17+20+21 (24+26) | 0:33 1-5 Split | 18:15 Avg
- Hebron: 92 | 2+7+18+30+35 (70+76) | 1:45 1-5 Split | 18:14 Avg
- Flower Mound: 129 | 11+19+25+27+47 (81+87) | 1:23 1-5 Split | 18:33 Avg
With a Regional that couldn’t have been tighter, the State Championship should be more than close and plenty exciting. Fan power to cheer on the Lady Marauders may help make the difference, so please find information below about race details for those considering a trip to Round Rock to support MXC and the Lady Marauders.
Also competing at Regional in the Boys’ Championship Race was MXC’s Cole Klashinsky who finished an impressive 14th, coming in with a time of just 15:23, in a packed field.
TX State Cross Country Championship – Saturday, November 7, Old Settlers Park, Round Rock, TX – Details for MXC Fans:
Event Location: Lakeview Pavillion, Old Settlers Park, Round Rock, TX
Street Address: Lakeview Pavillion, Old Settlers Park, off Harrell Parkway, Roundrock, TX
Race Time: Girls 6A Texas State Cross Country Championship 12:10 PM
Directions: I-35 south to Round Rock. Exit on Hwy 79, I-35 exit 253, and turn left under I-35 (go east on Palm Valley Road). Go 3.2 miles to Old Settlers Park. The park is on the left. Parking is at Dell Diamond with a shuttle service to the course. The course is about 1 mile into the park. You can walk this if shuttles are slow or crowded.
Parking: @ the Dell Diamond Stadium Lot, $5 per car (so car pool if you can).
Shuttle Bus to Course: Free
Race Admission Fee: $10 per person (Revised: the fee went up $10 in 2015)
Advice: Plan on it taking some time to drive from I-35 exit 253A (on to highway 79, East Palm Valley Road) to the Dell Diamond (there will be traffic), get parked, take the shuttle bus (or walk) to the race course, and then find the team to wish them good luck before the race. It should be very doable with a 630 AM – 7 AM FloMo departure. Consider bringing a folding chair, some water and maybe even a picnic lunch. It should be a great day to race, and cheer on Marcus and the Lady Marauders! We hope to see you there. PS, super tip, and not guaranteed, but given that Dell Diamond and its parking is on the North Side of Palm Valley, and the left turn into the parking lot is likely to be backed up for those coming in from I-35 due to the light and typical lack of police traffic assistance, one may be able to save a bit of time waiting to turn into the lot (if running late) by taking the Texas 130 Tollway and exiting at Exit 423 and then turning right (West) on to 79 Palm Valley – this will allow you to take a right turn into the Dell Diamond Parking Lot – but again “no guarantees” this will save time and be worth the toll fee. 😉
State Course 5K Map: